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Compensation & Benefits

Employers back ACA rule on pre-existing conditions

Employers of all sizes overwhelmingly support preserving the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for health insurance plans to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, according to a new survey by the Mercer consulting firm.

New rules tackle rate of pay, joint employment

Regulators at the Department of Labor have been busy, issuing two new notices of proposed rulemaking in less than a week.

May 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

State OT thresholds may exceed new DOL rule

Employers in some states have—or will soon have—more than federal wage-and-hour compliance to worry about if their exempt employees work overtime.

Do vacation, sick leave buy-backs factor into overtime pay?

Many employers that provide sick leave and vacation leave time have a policy or practice that allows employees to “sell back” their accrued but unused time. Do these payments for sick and vacation time have to be counted as part of the employee’s regular rate of pay for the purpose of computing overtime?

Gig economy: Is that an employer or just software?

A court has affirmed that an online company that connects workers with potential clients is not an employer for unemployment compensation benefit purposes.

Snapshot: Large employers increasingly exclude out-of-network coverage

Many large employers have either entirely stopped covering out-of-network health claims or are seriously considering it.

Comments on overtime rule accepted until May 21

The clock has finally started ticking on the Department of Labor’s proposed rule raising the white-collar salary threshold to $35,308 per year.

In the Payroll Mailbag: April ’19

Too many child support orders for comfort … Parsing the travel rules when employees aren’t away from home

Employer unaware of law change still owes penalty wages

A California appeals court ruled that an employer was liable for penalty wages because its failure to pay was willful. Key: The employer suspected the wage rate had increased, but continued paying at the old rate after only halfheartedly investigating its suspicions that the wage rate had increased.